Enquiry reports considering child abuse deaths and professional abuse have identified similar concerns about management and organisational failures. The chapter considers first similarities between the Laming Report into the death of Victoria Climbie (Laming 2003) and the Kirkwood Report into the abuse of children in Leicestershire children’s homes in the 1980s (Leicestershire County Council 1993), and then considers what makes the organisational cultures of social services agencies potentially dangerous, examining factors related to healthy cultures and whistleblowing to uncover serious concerns. Systems failure is discussed using as examples the safeguarding of those living away from home in residential care and prisons, children who run away and child asylum seekers.
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